Archie Roy DeWitte of Blenheim, son of the late Martha (Pattyn) and Leopold DeWitte passed away on Sunday September 21, 2014 at the age of 87 years. A man devoted to his wife and family, Archie and Denise (VanBiesbrouck) would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in October. He was a role model to his children Paul DeWitte who predeceased him in 2009 (Judy) of Kitchener, Mark DeWitte (Lori) of Brampton and Susan DeWitte (Dwain Mann) of Blenheim, devoted “Papa” to Janet Stephenson (Jamie), Nicholas DeWitte, Sarah Thompson and Michael Thompson, “Great Papa” to Sally Stephenson (Eric) and “Great-Great Papa” to Joey. Predeceased by his sisters Dolores Hoy and Anna Westelaken, Archie is survived by his brother Alphonse DeWitte (Margaret) of Chatham, brothers-in-law John Hoy (Dorothy) of Chatham and Ed Westelaken of Blenheim.
Archie was keen on history. He read many books and studied the historical significance of countries before travelling to them with Denise. He loved being on the land and farmed for many years. He worked at Rockwell in Chatham for 38 years and he took great pride in being the parishioner with the longest active membership at St. Mary’s Church in Blenheim and an Affiliate of the Capuchin Order. He will be remembered for his love of animals, his good sense of humor, for his love of music and dance and maybe even for hogging the remote. But more importantly, Archie will be remembered for displaying the values of a true Christian man every day and for being a man who loved his family.
Friends and family are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. to pay their respects to Archie and his family. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday September 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Friends wishing to remember Archie with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Lung Association or the Chatham-Kent Hospice. Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com